Welcome to the Iowa Bonsai Association's website. IBA was founded in 1979 to promote appreciation and development of bonsai. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You may come and go as your time permits and work on trees or just socialize and observe. There will be a program at 11:30 monthly covering a wide range of topics. We meet at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
Join us! Members will enjoy a helpful, supportive atmosphere no matter what your experience level, opportunity to participate in workshops, bonsai shows and collecting trips, access to the association's library of books and a monthly newsletter. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to get to know more about bonsai, please attend one of our meetings or contact us.
By jenjo on June 1, 2019
Our trees have been growing hard in May and early June. What should we be working on this time of year? Growth management is the answer… 2019-06-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>
By jenjo on May 1, 2019
We are into the watering season. Watering is one of the harder things to learn about bonsai. As the accompanying article in this issue stated, there are many variables that impact… 2019-05-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>
By jenjo on April 1, 2019
In April, I attended a Bonsai Study Group at the Magruder Farm in Indianola. I have been attending this group for a long time. The group was reminiscing about how long the group has been in existence… 2019-04-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>
By jenjo on March 13, 2019
The 6th Japan Suiseki Exhibition is being held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo, on February 14-17, 2019. This is the same venue as the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, but in a different gallery on the 2nd floor. It was Norio Kobayashi’s (no relation to Kunio Kobayashi,) dream to elevate the art […]MORE >>
By jenjo on January 1, 2019
Earlier this month I visited the east coast of Florida. The person we stayed with suggested we visit a local botanical garden, Heathcoate Gardens. We paid our fee and began walking thepath away from the entrance building. Almost immediately, we came to a Japanese looking entrance gate. Beyond was a surprise treasure I did not […]MORE >>
By jenjo on November 1, 2018
The 2018 summer growing season has come to an end with a hard freeze a few days ago. But, before winter arrived, my deciduous bonsai decided to put on a show and I’d like to share their beauty with you. November 2018 – IBA NEWSLETTERMORE >>